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l 0 The Messag e -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i i i i Entertainment December 4, 1987 On theRecord By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist Song presents images of failure and disappointment Paper in Fire She had a dream/And boy it was a good one/So she chased after her dream/With much desire/But when she got too close/To her expecta. lions/Well the dream burned up/Like paper in fire. REFRAIN: Paper in fire Paper in fire Stinking up the ashtrays Paper in fire Smoking up the alleyways Who's to say the way A man should spend his days Do you let them smolder Like paper in fire , He wanted love/With no involvement/So he chased the wind/That's all his silly life re. qulrod/And the days of vanity/Went on forever/And he saw his days burn up/Like paper in fire. REPEAT REFRAIN There's a good life/Right across the green field/And each genetalion/Stares at it from afar/But we keep no check on our appetites/So the green fields turn to brnwn/Like paper in fire. Recorded and.written by John Mellencamp Copyright {c) 1987 by Rive Music Inc. i ii iiii i i John Mellencamp's new album "Lonesome Jubilee" combines his lively rock Style with hard- hitting lyrics about being down and out in America. His songs describe the suffering faced by the poor, unemployed and hungry. "Paper in Fire" is this album's debut chart single. The song presents several images of failure and disappointment. One person says that "when she gets close to her expectations,; they burn up like paper in fire." Another individual wants "love with no in- volvement." Instead he finds that such love is not love at all. The song's last verse discusses every genera- t, ion's desire for the good life and how greed and social irresponsibility turn the "green fields" of plenty into the "brown" of waste and overcon- sumption. For the people in the song, life has become empty and a struggle. However, life is not meant to be like this. Using the song's images, I suggest the following ways to enhance satisfaction in life: Set your goals and expectations high, but be sure that they genuinely reflect your own deep in- terests, Otherwise, upon reaching your goals, you may discover that they are not what you really iii i i want. They are more like the ashes of another's desires. Have no doubt that love means lots of in- volvement, contrary to the song's image of one who "wanted love with no involvement." In fact, "commitment" is a better term, implying that love is much more about giving than receiving. If you want love in your life, recognize the true needs of others not simply their superficial wants, In any , event, we need not experience life as a series of ":; "days of vanity," Start caring about the "green fields" of our world. I speak not just about our natural environ- ment, but rather about the overall way people live in our world. Society has an attitude problem: Peo- ple think of grabbing their share and, sometimes. more than their share. In reality, there's plenty of everything for all, if we work at building a more just and compassionate world. Your comments are welcome always. Please address them to: Charlie Martin, 1218 S. Rother- wood Ave., Evansville, Ind. 47714. Cop)right {c} 1987 by NC News Service i iii ii "Cinderella"is still fun for all the family By HENRY HERX USCC Dept. of Communication "Cinderella" (Buena Vista) is another reissue of a Walt Disney animated classic. The Disney version of the fairy tale has the traditional elements of pumpkin coach and glass slipper but adds a pair of comic mice, Jaq and Gus-Gus, a mean old cat aptly named Lucifer and a daffy fairy god- mother. Whether the current ex- ecutives of the Disney company are over-exposing their library of classics remains to be seen. The movie itself, however, con- tinues to provide as much an- joyment today as when it was first released in 1949. Grand visual fun for all the family. The U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Associa- tion of America rating is G--general audiences. Capsule reviews of children's books Parables For Kids series, by Glen Keane. David C. Cook Publishing Co. (Elgin, Ill., 1987). 46 pp. each, $5.95 each. "Parables for Kids" feature mischievous Adam Raccoon WASHINGTON (NC) -- Here are capsule reviews of new children's books available for Christmas gift giving. They are representative of many on sale as the holiday season begins. getting into sticky situations, only to be rescued, forgiven, etc. by King Aren the lion. The stories parallel Bible parables. For instance, "Adam Raccoon and the Circus Master" follows a plot comparable to the parable of The Prodigal Son. Young children will delight in Adam's adventures, colorfully told and illustrated by Glen Keane, a directing animator for Walt Disney Pictures. In the back of each book, a page for parents cites Bible passages for com- parison and discussion. Ages 3-7. Peanut Butter and Jelly Secrets, by Nancy S. Levene, il- lustrated by Michelle Dorenkamp. David C. Cook Publishing Co. (Elgin, Ill., 1987). 115 pp., $3.95. Christmas love with Leo Leo Buscaglia, best-selling author and internationally popular speaker on the dynamics of loving relationships, shares warm and wonderful memories of past holidays in "Stories of Christmas Love With Leo Bnscaglia." The program airs Thurs- day, Dec. 10, 7-8 p.m. on WNIN-TV 9 (PBS). --Photo courtesy of WNIN-TV 9 Obedience is the primary moral objective of "Peanut But- ter and Jelly Secrets". Alex i. faced with some. moral dilem- mas when she disobeys her Morn and spends her week's allotment of lunch money at a school carnival. After she hides in the janitor's closet during lunch, her conscience gets the best of her and Alex realizes she must confront her parents and present the truth. Good Chris- tian morals are taught throughout this enjoyable tale. Ages 7-10. ii ii ...... These wee footmen know there's only one lady in the land who's fair enough to fit the magic glass slipper in Walt Disney's animated classic' 'Cinderella." The musical fantasy was recently re-released nationwide by Buena Vista.--(c)MCMXLIX The Walt Disney Company All Rights Reserved. * fl I I ] I I " /1 . T 1"q Restaurant I../ll4hV , & Lounte - u#vLd00 Friday Night  _-. Seafood Buf fet.Jler -- s14n --,,,- r Mon.-Thu. 10 I.m.-lO p,m. I " I .o..T.u.. HOST 8 ..... *op.. Larry and Betty Fti, & Sat. |Ill 11 p.m. Hanselman ,= Fd-SIt. TIll 11:00 p.m. A